Rosie Sutton (left) of the Wanderers competes for possession with Sydney FC’s Rachael Soutar at Marconi Stadium on Thursday night. Picture: AAP
Rosie Sutton (left) of the Wanderers competes for possession with Sydney FC’s Rachael Soutar at Marconi Stadium on Thursday night. Picture: AAP

Foord at the double as Sky Blues smash Wanderers

MATILDAS star Caitlin Foord scored a double on her A-League return as Sydney FC made a statement of intent on the opening night of the W-League season with a 3-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers.

Boasting six former Sydney FC players and against opponents missing key personnel, the Wanderers would have fancied their chances of improving their record of just one win from the last ten Sky Blues matchups.

But Sydney FC immediately found their groove at Marconi Stadium on Thursday night. New US import Savannah McCaskill made an early impact after being unveiled by Sydney FC on matchday, feeding a smart ball for Foord who danced around the advancing goalkeeper to score with ease on 13 minutes.

 

Sydney FC’s Caitlin Foord (left) celebrates after scoring against Western Sydney Wanderers on Thursday night. Picture: Getty Images
Sydney FC’s Caitlin Foord (left) celebrates after scoring against Western Sydney Wanderers on Thursday night. Picture: Getty Images

It could have been far worse for the slow-starting Wanderers as Lisa De Vanna failed to convert three first-half opportunities as Foord and McCaskill found space with regularity.

The Wanderers in contrast carved out just one decent chance before the break, but midfielder Lo'eau LaBonta was unable to control her effort. Alanna Kennedy was a key absentee for a new-look Sky Blues' defence but the Wanderers were largely restricted to long-range efforts.

After a number of half-openings inside the penalty area it took a Chloe Logarzo long-range strike to double the advantage on the hour mark.

 

Sydney FC’s Lisa De Vanna on the ball in front of the Wanderers’ Olivia Price on Thursday night. Picture: AAP
Sydney FC’s Lisa De Vanna on the ball in front of the Wanderers’ Olivia Price on Thursday night. Picture: AAP

The Wanderers pushed LaBonta forward in an effort to prise their way back into the contest and the American almost brought immediate dividends by rocking the crossbar with a fierce strike.

But the ascendancy remained with Sydney and Logarzo was denied her second with her header hitting the crossbar at the other end.

More goals seemed imminent and De Vanna superbly set-up Foord for a tap-in with 14 minutes remaining.

 

Western Sydney Wanderers goalkeeper Jada Mathyssen-Whyman about to claim a high ball on Thursday night. Picture: AAP
Western Sydney Wanderers goalkeeper Jada Mathyssen-Whyman about to claim a high ball on Thursday night. Picture: AAP

The pain continued for the Wanderers who were denied a consolation to former Sky Blue Leena Khamis.

 

SYDNEY FC WL 3 (Caitlin Foord 13m, 76m, Chloe Logarzo 60m) bt WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS WL 0 at Marconi Stadium. Referee: Lara Lee.

 

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